Hot Trends White Hot Interior Trend for 2016! Let me share something that’s a bit surprising: 4 major paint companies – Behr, Glidden, Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams – all tapped a shade of white to be their “it” color for 2016.  In a time where we’re experiencing chaotic events globally, the calming, clean slate of white does soothe the senses. Achromatic white is […]
Real Estate Trends Rising Interest Rates Spur Buyer Competition According to a recent report by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, well-priced homes are drawing multiple offers, with jumps in both pending and closed home sales compared to this time last year. While the number of new listings is also up, the overall inventory of available homes is still low compared to buyer demand…and with […]
Real Estate Trends Some Notes on Our Local Housing Market… The housing market recovery, locally and nationally, and the low inventory in our region are both hot topics of interest. Windermere Blog featured posts on both subjects this week. Windermere's president, OB Jacobi, discusses the low inventory in our region in his post Time to Reality Check the Real Estate Market. From the post: "Here […]
Hot Trends Should I Wait to Move Up? While only you can decide when it’s the right time to purchase a new home for your family, there are some compelling reasons to consider a move now rather than later…  Did you know that sellers moving up to a more expensive home actually fare better when prices are low?  As you can see in […]
Hot Trends Gardner Report Shows Positive Growth in the Puget Sound Mr. Gardner is a land use economist and principal with Gardner Economics and is considered to be one of the foremost real estate analysts in the Pacific Northwest.  In his third quarter report for 2012, he continues to see positive growth in the economy and real estate in Western Washington, but the rate of growth […]
Hot Trends Need a Few Gift Ideas? I am just starting my gift shopping and wanted to share a few great gift ideas for those people on our list who are tough to shop for… Unusual gifts – How about whiskey rocks (shown on left) that will keep your drink chilled but not watered down?   I found unusualgifts.com and they have lots […]
Living Life Is Your Home Ready for Winter? As winter approaches and temperatures start dropping, will you be warm and snug in your house? Is the outside of your home ready to face cool temps and windchill? Now is a great time to winterize your home…while the weather is still mild, take some time to complete winter basic maintenance; you'll be glad you did […]
Hot Trends Feng Shui Tips for the Kitchen With the weather changing and the upcoming holidays, many of us are enjoying more time in one of the most important rooms of the house, the kitchen.  It's the hub for not only food preparation and dining, but socializing as well.  In Feng Shui the kitchen relates to your health and wealth; based on the […]
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Real Estate Trends 3rd Quarter 2012: Reviews for Seattle, Mercer Island & the Eastside The Seattle market has remained incredibly active with sales up 15% over the same quarter last year—1855 homes sold in the third quarter of 2012 compared to 1609 homes sold during the same period in 2011. The average sales price slipped ever so slightly to $474,633 while the median sales price increased 4% to $407,000. […]
Hot Trends New Color Trends for Fall 2012 Fall: what a perfect excuse for change around your home and in your wardrobe!  This autumn, fashion designers are combining versatile mocha, grey and gold neutrals with a boost of spirited hues.  Where the muted rust of autumns past blended quietly with the natural scenery, this year's palette sets out to rival it with vivid […]
Exploring the Puget Sound Region Exploring the Puget Sound Region: Best Beaches Picnic on the beach, build sandcastles, find a treasure, or just read a book and relax. I hope you enjoy these great spots to visit as you explore our beautiful Puget Sound region.   Best Beaches for Sand Marina Beach—Edmonds Alki Beach—West Seattle Golden Gardens—North Seattle Richmond Beach—Shoreline Meadowdale Park—Edmonds Discovery Park—Magnolia Carkeek Park—North Seattle […]
Hot Trends Seattle Economy Ranked #3 in US   The Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area economy was recently ranked third strongest in the US for long-term growth and resiliency! Independent research firm Policom Corp. analyzed data from 1992-2010 and based its rankings consistent growth in both size and quality of 23 different economic factors. Olympia also made the list at #11 with the Tri-Cities close behind […]
Hot Trends May Reports Show Home Prices Up New listings in the month of May lowered absorption rates slightly in Seattle, the Eastside and King County while pending sales remained strong. Mercer Island saw a decent decline in pending sales…likely due, in part, to the lack of inventory for sale in key price ranges. Median sales prices are up in most areas and […]
Real Estate Low Inventory & Interest Rates Fueling Home Sales According to a recent report by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, our record-low interest combined with a dwindling number of homes for sale has boosted home sales by more than 20%…and reaching levels we haven’t seen since 2007. Median single-family home prices are up nearly 5% in King County compared to last year and are […]
Real Estate Summer 2012 Farmers Markets One of my favorite ways to enjoy summer is by shopping for fresh, locally-grown produce at our local farmers markets.  There is always something unexpected to be found, and some markets are even hosting live music from local bands. Want to take your weekly shopping trip to new heights?  Check out the list below to […]
Real Estate Strong Seller’s Market Emerges With absorption rates in the 40th and 50th percentiles, there is no question that we have briskly transitioned in to a strong seller’s market. The recent housing crisis is still very visible in the rear view mirror however…so even with multiple offers becoming common, buyers are cautious not to pay too much. If you’ve been […]
Hot Trends Pending Sales Soar in Greater Seattle The absorption rate based on pending home sales continues to be off the charts with listing inventory very low and sales activity brisk. Overall, prices have continued to slip slightly in all areas except Seattle Metro–which actually saw prices rise. Of note however, is the fact that distressed properties have sold for significantly less than […]
Hot Trends Spring Feng Shui Tips Spring is in the air and it’s the perfect time to refresh your surroundings and life with new energy.  Whether it’s starting a remodeling project, gardening or painting your walls new color, the active “yang” energy of the season can support you to take action!   Enhance the path to your home.  Welcome spring with […]
Hot Trends Spring Color Trends for 2012 Last weekend’s burst of sunshine was a nice reminder that spring is just around the corner. Is it time to refresh your home and wardrobe? Pantone’s Spring Fashion Color Report is out and top fashion designers are turning to bright, juicy colors this spring with everything from golden yellow and tangerine orange to muted teal, […]
Infographics How to Be More Interesting (In 10 Simple Steps) 1.Go exploring. Explore ideas, places, and opinions. The inside of the echo chamber is where are all the boring people hang out. 2. Share what you discover. And be generous when you do. Not everybody went exploring with you. Let them live vicariously through your adventures. 3. Do something. Anything. Dance. […]